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WIne Pairing with challenging dinner Menu- Please help

Thank you again to all who responded. The menu changed slightly at the last minute due to the hostess work schedule. But not enough to seriously change the wines.

Menu: Antipasti - cheese board with selection of semi soft cheeses, burrata with roasted grape shallot topping etc, blanched asparagus spears, selection of meats- prosciutto, braceola, mild salami, artichoke hearts (plain cooked w/stem), roasted pine nuts, kalamata and nicoise olives, cherry toms, selection of crackers and small toast slices.
Paired it with a choice of either 2012 La Sibilla Campi Flegrei Falanghina or a 2012 Ermacora Friulano Colli Orientali del Friuli. While everyone liked both whites, the Friuli was the favorite of the two.

I also provided a 2009 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria which got opened by the red drinkers and that carried into the pasta course as well.

The main course was the pasta with mild sausage which had been soaked in a cream sauce, combined with minced cremini mushrooms and all cooked together. Don't recall the spices but it was combined with orrechiette pasta.

Added a 2012 Ettore Germano Nebbiolo Langhe with the pasta which was perfect! Made a point of tasting it before the pasta and it had a bit of a bite. But after a bite of the pasta the wine smoothed out and was terrific. Hostess was extremely happy as was I and the rest of the group enjoyed it (even Mr. Malbec liked both reds- and didn't open his malbec that he had brought just in case!)

Dessert changed as well - to a rasberry clafouti with home made lemon sorbet. By that time everyone was drinking coffee or water so there was no additional wine needed or paired with that.

It was a lovely evening, wines were terrific and thanks again for all the guidance. Several of these I'd have again- and also want to try some of the other suggestions that I was unfamiliar with!

Grazie! Grazie!

Mar 18, 2014
mpcarney in Wine

WIne Pairing with challenging dinner Menu- Please help

Thanks! I'm really enjoying al the options.

I've been going through my small collection and able to cover a couple of these. And also checked out K&L which has some of the interesting different wines suggested and in keeping with my budget. I'm likely to try some of the ones I've never had just to expand my own knowledge and bring something "comfortable" from my cellar for those not as adventurous as the hostess and I am.

Mar 12, 2014
mpcarney in Wine

WIne Pairing with challenging dinner Menu- Please help

I'm getting excited now about the possibilities- and trying new wines. Several of us will definitely appreciate it!

Mar 11, 2014
mpcarney in Wine

WIne Pairing with challenging dinner Menu- Please help

Thanks! I will search one out. Hopefully here in LA that won't be too difficult.

Mar 11, 2014
mpcarney in Wine

WIne Pairing with challenging dinner Menu- Please help

Thanks! This really helps give me some guidance. I actually have a Noval tawny port in my collection and the hostess loves tawny port so that would definitely work.

I'd thought about a light pinot and just wasn't sure so will look at the Nebbiolo de Langhe and Barbaresco as I may have something in those veins in house. I'd also thought about a Nero d'Avola but don't know enough about that type of wine yet to pair. Prosecco is my go to with asparagus and prosciutto but wasn't sure about the ricotta dish. Will also look into the Arneis suggestion as well as I love learning about wines I don't know.

Thanks so much for the suggestions and help. Whew! I feel more relieved now than when I got the menu. Thanks again!

Mar 11, 2014
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WIne Pairing with challenging dinner Menu- Please help

HI All, Would appreciate some help with wine pairing for a small dinner party this Sunday. There will be 5 or 6 people total however 2 of them are not drinkers generally and may only "taste" a wine- literally no more than sips. The hostess does enjoy wine pairing with food as do I. The third wine drinker enjoys mostly red, and the 5th person enjoys mostly white- pinot grigio or pnot gris though she does enjoy a good red from time to time. The 6th person (if there) is a mostly malbec drinker. Fun huh?

The menu planned is this: Starters will be ricotta with carrot jam and roasted grapes, as well as prosciutto wrapped asparagus.

Pasta with homemade pork sausage -- no fennel and not ultra spicy -- with cream and crimini mushrooms over orecchiete.

Followed by roasted beets, pears & blue cheese with arugula for a combo salad/cheese plate.

Dessert will be something chocolate. Like a flourless cake with raspberries and whipped cream.

As all of us are working folk it's unlikely that lots of wine will be gone through, so I'm looking for a few suggestions that might carry through.

I was thinking some kind of white for the starters, then moving to a light red for the pasta course and perhaps a Carmeniere for the dessert.

Price range would be perhaps under $75 for the whole dinner? Any and all suggestions welcome and greatly appreciated.

Mar 11, 2014
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Wine Rec for 75th Birthday - A Typical Summer BBQ

Thanks so much. I live in the Valley but work in El Segundo so can hit up some of those places. And I actually have a number of Rhone style Syrahs which might work, now that you mention Syrah. Thanks for the suggestions and wine shops. I'll check them out!

Aug 16, 2011
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Wine Rec for 75th Birthday - A Typical Summer BBQ

Thanks! I do love a good rose and was thinking about that after I posted my note. Just wasn't sure what style might work with this menu.

Aug 15, 2011
mpcarney in Wine

Wine Rec for 75th Birthday - A Typical Summer BBQ

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll look to see if I can find that here in the LA area.

Aug 15, 2011
mpcarney in Wine

Wine Rec for 75th Birthday - A Typical Summer BBQ

HI,

I love reading this board, consider my self a work in progress as wine goes, and learn so much from all of you but don't post very often.

A young at heart friend is celebrating his 75 birthday and he has requested a "typical BBQ" for his party. It's going to be BBQ Ribs (beef and pork) BBQ chicken, baked beans, creamy red potato salad with dill, someone is bringing a green salad, who knows what others will bring? Desserts will be lemon merengue pie and NY style cheesecake (plain) all homemade by excellent cooks.

I've been asked to bring the wine (there will be 10 of us) and along with celebratory champagne, I was thinking along the lines of Zin and / or ??? And what about white for those who only drink that?

Range would be in the 15-25 pricing.

Any and all suggestions welcome!

Thanks!

MP

Aug 14, 2011
mpcarney in Wine

Spanish Whites with a Seafood Paella?

Thanks. I'll see if I can track some of these down this weekend so I can taste before the event next weekend. Appreciate it!

Aug 02, 2008
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Spanish Whites with a Seafood Paella?

Hi I'm new to chowhound and have enjoyed reading the wine posts as I've just begun to learn about wines. Right off a friend who knows of my interest has asked me to bring the wine for a summer outdoor party next week. The hostess is making a seafood paella for approx 14 people. She said the recipe suggested a Spanish white. Of course as a novice here I don't know anything about Spanish wines. but figured it's a great way to learn! Any thoughts on a $10-$15 price range?

Aug 02, 2008
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